Student Rotarians facilitate May 7 meeting

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Three generations, Rotarians Kris, second from left and Richard Naughton share a photo with student Rotarians Kya, left and Taylor Naughton following the Tuesday Rotary luncheon meeting.

During the school year, the Marshalltown Rotary club is the welcome recipient of a different group of student Rotarian guests each month. Toward the end of the school year, the club turns it over to the accumulated group to conduct one of the luncheon meetings. The ballroom at Elmwood was adorned with pictures and memorabilia from the Pat Apgar family.

An invocation and pledge was led by Alyvia Chadderdon. Bob Bauer, Larry McKibben, Curt Hoff, Bobby Shomo and Tom Apgar introduced guests. There was plenty of happy news to share from a capacity crowd. Luke McKibben announced the May birthdays and anniversaries of membership.

President Matt Garber thanked the volunteers who helped at the Iowa Veterans Home throughout the year. Garber also announced that meetings over the next seven weeks will be held at the Fisher Community Center as the club explores options for a suitable venue going forward.

The membership grew by one as Bonnie Lowry presided over the induction of Dex Walker, representing a corporate membership from the Iowa Veterans Home.

Erik Nilius of United Bank & Trust was then introduced to describe the background of the Nick Norris Scholarship, named after the 1957 graduate of Marshalltown High School who lost his life in the service of his country as a Navy fighter pilot while attempting a nighttime carrier landing. The scholarship was established by Nick’s father, Paul (a former Rotarian) in 1964. This award has been presented to a student Rotarian since inception. Nilius introduced and congratulated the 2019 recipient of the award, Jane Ragland.

Ragland and Shakira Herrera presented the program by first introducing the student Rotarian project for the year. Students made and sold Christmas ornaments for a tornado relief fundraiser. The two showed slides highlighting key metrics of a diverse Marshalltown High School. They spent some time drilling down into the multitude of activities available to students. There are plenty of clubs and volunteer opportunities that do a lot of good and an impressive number of student Rotarians help make up the ranks.

Rotarians were also treated to short programs by Foreign Exchange students, Rojin Kahraman and Anan Shen. Stella Roseburrough-Borras facilitated the meeting and ended with leading the Rotary four-way test before striking the bell to adjourn.